7 LITRE / #Aston-Martin-V8-Volante-7.0
/ upgraded motor to 7003cc, from 5340cc
Year of manufacture #1979
Recorded mileage 67,080
Asking price £195,500
Vendor Aston Sales Kensington; tel: 020 7985 0111; www.astonkensington.com
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Max power 310bhp
Max torque 320lb ft
0-60mph 6.7 secs
Top speed 140mph
This PoW-fronted Volante jumped out at us because the price didn’t look greedy, especially when you take the expensively upgraded motor (to 7003cc, from 5340) and appropriate registration into account. It turns out to have been a former C&SC cover star, too, from May 2011.
The V8 was rebuilt by RS Williams from the original block at 56,000 miles in 2002, roughly contemporary with when the bodywork was restored with new sills plus outriggers and the colour changed from the factory gold to Balmoral Green. It also had a new rear bumper at about that time, and some of the bills around 2007 are from Zurich.
The paint is still good overall, with a few minor stone chips around the nose and one small scratch on top of the right front that would probably polish out. There are tiny bubbles under the quarterlights, which is normal. The alloys are unscuffed, shod with well-treaded Turbosteels, ditto for the spare, which retains its remote inflation tube. The exhaust appears to be fairly fresh from the downpipes back and the rear dampers look recent.
Inside, the leather is the original with some character, the carpets look new and the veneers are mint bar one small crack in the centre console. It starts instantly, with a sharper bark than standard and you feel the more urgent acceleration from the big motor. The steering has a nice weight, and the gearchanges are smooth with a responsive kickdown.
The brakes are very much of their era, but once past the initial shove they get the job done. Oil pressure is at least 60psi, coolant about 90ºC and the oil-temperature needle barely moves in London traffic. Everything works, including the hood, windows and even the aircon – eventually. The Aston will be sold with a handbook, spare keys, extensive history file detailing the works done and including the original guarantee sheet – plus the registration number, the value of which will be in five figures. It will come with a new ticket, after a trip through ASK’s workshops.
EXTERIOR Excellent overall, with just a few small stone chips
INTERIOR Original leather; all very good
MECHANICALS Strong, sorted and 7 litres
For Old school; plenty of prod
Against Like owning the Forth rail bridge; you get to one end and…
SHOULD I BUY IT?
If you’re going to have one of these, this is probably the model to go for; it’s more discreet than Vantage and X-pack cars that cost much more.